March 19, 2019

Philippines withdrawal from the Rome Statute

President of the Assembly of States Parties regrets withdrawal from the Rome Statute by the Philippines The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr. O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), has reiterated his regret regarding the withdrawal of the Philippines, effective as of 17 March 2019, from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). President Kwon noted, “the Assembly of States Parties, comprising more than 120 States from all regions of the world, is fully committed to the Court’s mandate: to help put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to…

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Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria

Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of the Conference of Donors for Syria, the United States’ Special Representative Ambassador James Jeffrey welcomed the international community’s commitment to support the Syrian people through humanitarian aid. At the same time, he also stressed the need to continue the fight against ISIS and to support a political transition in Syria.  On March 12-14th, 2019, representatives from over sixty countries and international organizations gathered in Brussels for the donors’ conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, co-organized by the European Union and…

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President Agius in Tanzania

President Agius concludes first visit to Tanzania as President of the Mechanism Arusha, 8 March 2019– On 8 March 2019, the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, concluded his first visit to the United Republic of Tanzania (Tanzania) in his capacity as President. The visit took place on the occasion of the second in-person Plenary of Mechanism Judges, which was held at the Mechanism’s Arusha branch on 4 and 5 March 2019. Following the successful conclusion of the Judges’ Plenary, President Agius spent a full day at the Mechanism premises on 6 March…

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CDA Candidate in Delfland

I am running as a CDA candidate for the elections in Delfland, your water region. Vote for Mireille de Jonge! May I ask for your vote? Originally from the province of Zeeland, but living in Zuid-Holland since 1991, I am well-acquainted with water issues. I know about the beauty, purity and safety of water.  But I also know that you cannot always take water for granted. The province of Zuid-Holland is low-lying and therefore must be protected against flooding. To prevent unpleasant surprises in the future, I am focusing on 3 themes: Water flows A clean and safe water supply…

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Russia and Syria criticize OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. At a joint press conference held in The Hague, Russian and Syrian representatives at the OPCW criticized the organization’s recently published report on the alleged chemical attacks of April 7th, 2018 in Douma, Syria. Nevertheless – Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin said – Russia will not give up its quest to clarify what happened in Douma one year ago. On March 1st, 2019, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued the report of its Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the allegation of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. On…

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France Contributes €1.2M to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

France Contributes €1.2M to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

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Commonwealth Deputy SG appointed

Mauritian citizen Dr Arjoon Suddhoo has been appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations by the incumbent VI Secretary-General, The Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

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Lalla Meryem of Morocco at the OIC

the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) approved the designation of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco to serve as the organisation’s “Goodwill ambassador for women empowerment, the family, and for combating child marriages”.

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OPCW Issues Report on Syria

OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Final Report on Chemical Weapons Use Allegation in Douma, Syria, in 2018

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The Russian-Federation and the OPCW

Press Conference Russian-Federation And The OPCW The Hague, 26 February 2019. The Embassy of the Russian Federation hosted a press conference, following the two extraordinary meetings of the OPCW´s Executive Council in January and February 2019 pertaining a proposal from the Russian-Federation to include chemicals in the Annex on Chemicals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Russian Federation proposed to include five families of chemicals in the Annex on Chemicals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. However, USA, EU, Canada, NL, etc. agreed to the first four proposals but not the 5th proposal, on the ground that it does not satisfy…

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